How to Set-up a SmartThings Automated Security System
Updated: Apr 21, 2020
In this article I will provide you with details about how SmartThings devices can work as an automated security system for your home. I’ll discuss the smart devices need to set-up security automation and provide you with product links so that you can source cost information and reviews for the specific products that I will recommend.
In an article to follow, I will show you how easy it is to use the "Classic" Samsung SmartThings app on your smartphone to set up these devices. So be certain to read that article if you intend to install you SmartThings automated security system for your home.
The SmartThings system has GPS sensing capability. Therefore the SmartThings hub is capable of placing a wireless geofence around your property. The hub then monitors the geofence for the presence of your smartphones or a SmartThings proximity sensor. The hub can be instructed to perform certain actions based on your arrival or departure into or out of the defined geofence area. This capability can be used to automatically arm your security system when all family members depart from your home or disarm your system when any one family member returns.
If your home is breached while everyone is away the activated alarm will sound and a designate family member's smartphone with receive a text notification of a breach. If you have cameras installed, you can then access the cameras to determine if any sort of questionable activity is occurring. If you confirm that your home is being compromised you can then remotely notify the authorities.
Since the hub knows when each family member arrives home, the hub can be instructed to perform any number of specialized tasks. This would include tasks such as unlocking a door, turning on lights, opening your overhead garage door and disarming your security system to name a few
So what do you need to set-up this sort of automated security system? There are only four types of smart devices necessary for setting up an automated security system for your home: A Wireless Z-Wave Siren. I use the Dome Siren.
Additionally you will require Z-Wave Window & Door Sensors…You should have a minimum of one sensor for each exterior door. You will also need presence sensors for each family member. You may use your personal Smartphones as presence sensors or you have the option to buy SmartThings presence Sensors. And finally, you may opt for indoor and/or outdoor cameras as well…but cameras are optional.
Now let’s review what how each of these devices function in the system. Let’s begin with the SmartThings Hub. The SmartThings Hub is the heart of your smart home.
It is connected to your home’s router. It is then paired wirelessly with any number of compatible smart devices. The hub provides you the ability to monitor, control, and secure your home from anywhere. The SmartThings Hub is simple to install and easy to use with the free SmartThings app.
The Z-Wave window and door sensors along with motion detectors will notify the SmartThings Hub when a door is ajar, there’s someone on your property, or if you have a home invasion. The Hub will trigger the alarm and send a text alert to all smartphones that are connected on the system. On notification, you can then use the SmartThings app to determine which doors or windows are compromised. Cameras, if installed can be accessed via your phone to view live activity.
The Dome Siren works in combination with door and window sensors.
If activated, the Dome alarm emits a loud siren up to 105 decibels. Your system can be assisted by security cameras for the confirmation and recording of the intruder.
In addition to being used as presence sensors… receiving security alerts … and viewing live camera feeds, your Smartphones are used to monitored the status of your system. You can check all smart devices to confirm their present status…such as ensuring that doors and windows are secure. You can also use your phone to remotely turn your smart devices on or off. Cameras are optional, but highly recommended. Cameras allow your to remotely survey your home to determine if the there is activity that warrants the notification of the authorities.
It should be noted that the SmartThings app provides you with countless options when setting up security routines such as what specific members are notified, who receives siren alerts and whether you want a delay on your alarm so that you have time to investigate a possible breach before the siren is activated.
I provided a comprehensive list of SmartThings devices in the description below…that I currently use and recommend. You are welcomed to use the links in this list to research reviews and cost information on these recommended devices. Each of these devices comes with easy to follow instructions that take you step by step through the set-up process. They are easily paired to the Hub and recognized by the SmartThings App for setup options. There is also a SmartThings user site with countless articles and instructional videos as well as an online SmartThings user’s community.
If you want instructions how to setup these devices in the SmartThings smartphone app that watch the following video (Part 2).
I will show you all the steps necessary to set up a routine that will automatically trigger the Armed/Away setting when everyone in your family leaves home. I will also take you through the easy steps for instructing the app to send a text alert if your house is breached while no one is at home.
If you want to watch the video version of the this current article then click on the video to your right, Home Security Setup (Part 1).
Have the piece of mind that comes with protecting your home and loved ones with an easy to install and easy to setup SmartThings Home Security System.